Herald: Officials, politicians make beeline to Marle-Tirval, Canacona

Officials, politicians make beeline to Marle-Tirval, Canacona

18 Apr 2019 05:39am IST

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18 Apr 2019 05:39am IST

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CANACONA:  Following the threat issued by the Marle-Tirval population to boycott all elections, government officials, election commission officials, the Canacona Congress MLA and AAP South Goa candidate rushed to the remote Canacaona village.

Upset at the unfulfilled assurances and promises of the parties and its candidates, the residents on Tuesday had announced that they will boycott not only the coming Lok Sabha elections but all future elections. 

Upon learning of the threat to boycott the elections, Elvis Gomes, the AAP candidate visited the aggrieved villagers and assured them that he will raise their issues at proper forum.

Later Canacona Deputy Collector together with officials of the State Election Commission visited and tried to pacify and convince the angry villagers. 

Locals MLA Isidore Fernandes who has a strong base amongst the tribals in this village met the village elders and assured them that once elections are over he will personally come to discuss their issues.

"The villagers of Marle-Tirval have a reason to get upset and I have convinced them not to boycott the upcoming election, everyone knows my style of working and I will use my good office to get these issues sorted out soon" said Fernandes 

Marle-Tirval, a village that comes under Poinguium village panchayat has remained bereft of any development since the time Goa got liberated.

 For the last three years, the village, located close to the Karanatka border, has been running from pillar to post in the hope that a three-km approach road to the village will be asphalted. However, their cries for attention were met with deaf years, with the forest department having refused to issue the requisite NOC as it is passing through the government forest.

A bridge built probably during the regime of Dayanand Bandodkar is on the verge of collapse. 

A village primary school is run in a one room rented premises which leaks in the monsoon.

The village also faces constant power failures while Drinking water is another issue faced by the residents during summer season.

The needs of this voiceless tribal community numbering about 300 have not been addressed by successive governments. 

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